Shaping Guelph: Official Plan Review

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The City is working to review and update its Official Plan to conform to changes to Provincial legislation and policies by July 1, 2022.

Guelph’s Official Plan (OP) is a legal planning document that establishes a vision for the future of the municipality and provides policy direction to manage future land use patterns and growth. An OP covers:

  • How land can be used, whether it should be used for houses, industry, offices, commercial, parks, natural areas or a mix of uses;
  • What services, like roads, sewers, parks and schools are needed; and,
  • When, and in what order, parts of the municipality will grow.

Revisions to the Official Plan will ensure Guelph conforms and is consistent with:

  • Recent amendments to the Planning Act,
  • Recent amendments to the Clean Water Act,
  • The Provincial Policy Statement (2020), and
  • A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2019).

To initiate a five-year review of an Official Plan, the Planning Act requires a special meeting of Council, open to the public, be held to discuss OP revisions that may be required.

The Official Plan Review is occurring concurrently with Shaping Guelph. Shaping Guelph is exploring how and where Guelph can grow over the next 30 years to meet provincial forecasts and targets in a way that works for Guelph. The Official Plan review and Shaping Guelph will result in an Official Plan amendment(s) to ensure Official Plan conformity with provincial legislation and policies.

See the "Project Updates" tab for current engagement opportunities.

The City is working to review and update its Official Plan to conform to changes to Provincial legislation and policies by July 1, 2022.

Guelph’s Official Plan (OP) is a legal planning document that establishes a vision for the future of the municipality and provides policy direction to manage future land use patterns and growth. An OP covers:

  • How land can be used, whether it should be used for houses, industry, offices, commercial, parks, natural areas or a mix of uses;
  • What services, like roads, sewers, parks and schools are needed; and,
  • When, and in what order, parts of the municipality will grow.

Revisions to the Official Plan will ensure Guelph conforms and is consistent with:

  • Recent amendments to the Planning Act,
  • Recent amendments to the Clean Water Act,
  • The Provincial Policy Statement (2020), and
  • A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2019).

To initiate a five-year review of an Official Plan, the Planning Act requires a special meeting of Council, open to the public, be held to discuss OP revisions that may be required.

The Official Plan Review is occurring concurrently with Shaping Guelph. Shaping Guelph is exploring how and where Guelph can grow over the next 30 years to meet provincial forecasts and targets in a way that works for Guelph. The Official Plan review and Shaping Guelph will result in an Official Plan amendment(s) to ensure Official Plan conformity with provincial legislation and policies.

See the "Project Updates" tab for current engagement opportunities.

  • The City of Guelph is reviewing its Official Plan to update it to comply with recent changes to provincial land use planning laws, policies and plans. Guelph’s Official Plan review policy paper outlines these recommended changes and proposed policy approaches, including the following themes:

    • Indigenous engagement
    • Housing
    • Employment
    • Infrastructure
    • Climate change
    • Natural heritage system
    • Water resources 

    Share your feedback on the proposed policy approaches by completing this 5 minute survey. 

    Your participation in this survey is voluntary. All individual responses will be kept confidential and will be used only for the purposes of helping to develop an Official Plan amendment to address changes in land use planning related Provincial legislation, policies and plans. Non-identifiable summaries of responses may be developed and shared publicly. 

    Personal information as defined by Section 2 of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, and in accordance with the provisions of the MFIPPA.

    For questions about the collection, use and disclosure of this information please contact the Program Manager of Information, Privacy and Elections at 519-822-1260 extension 2349 or at privacy@guelph.ca.



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